On Sunday evening the 11th May the only place to be is the Vortex, Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ for Juwon Ogungbe & The Life Force Band. The most recent time world acclaimed composer Juwon Ogungbe & Life Force Music played their African popera tinged jazz funk at the Vortex it was standing room only and the appreciative audience was vociferous in their request for encores. Tickets for this event are £12.50 and are available from the Vortex Box Office on 020 7254 4097 and online via www.wegottickets.com/event/256867
Juwon Ogungbe’s music is a rich tapestry of so many strands as he draws in Western Classical, Art Music, Yoruba cultural heritage and the Life Force of Funk, Jazz, Blues and Latin beats topped with his mellifluous deep baritone voice. Juwon’s music is finely composed with scope nevertheless for his widely experienced, supremely talented musicians to contribute their own improvisations and special styles. There is always a narrative in his songs, something he gives full range to in his music theatre productions as well and so skilfully conveys in his opera roles. The Vortex evening promises a feast of sounds to listen to and be seduced into dancing to as well.
On Sunday 11th May the music presentation is unusual . Juwon Ogungbe will be solo for the first part of the evening sharing voice and piano in music that will be classic, classical, funky, jazzwise, supremely vocal and African rooted. Then the band will go full tilt in the second half. Between them Juwon Ogungbe’s musicians have played with a festival ‘s worth of top artists. Each one brings unique elements to The Life Force Band and together they make a tight and lyrical whole. Juwon Ogungbe comes to this event hotfoot from University of Richmond, Virginia where he composed music for ‘Threshold’ – a musical inspired by one of Nigeria’s most intriguing writers, Amos Tutuola’s ‘Palm Wine Drinkard’. His major current project is ‘Progress Ceremony’ – an artistic exploration of his Yoruba roots placed in a simultaneously ancient and futuristic context with a message of hope for our times. What influence will all that have? The only way to find out is to attend!
The Vortex evening is promoted by Joyful Noise who are devoted to developing and profiling the best UK African artists and bringing them to the finest stages. A very important plank of Joyful Noise’s philosophy is allowing audiences to fully appreciate musicians and their works by promoting them on a continuum rather than just one off shows. Newcomers as well as those who came to the Vortex last year can expect to hear music from Juwon Ogungbe’s ‘Life Force Music’ album which enjoys worldwide airplay, as well as crisp new tracks. The delight of seeing an artist again is the fresh nuances and the breathtaking moments that each live performance brings. Of course Juwon Ogungbe’s ‘Life Force Music ‘CD will be available at the event.
Juwon Ogungbe and The Life Force Band at Vortex Jazz Club , Gillett Square, Stoke Newington, London N16 8AZ is on Sunday 11th May at 8pm. Tickets are £12.50 and are available in advance from the Box Office on 020 7254 4097 and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/256867 . Vortex Jazz Club is fully licensed and is both a seated and standing venue.
More information can be found on www.juwonogungbe.com, www.joyfulnoise.co.uk www.outerglobe.co.uk and www.vortexjazz.co.uk. A wonderful evening to round off the weekend or start the week is promised. “